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Renato “Babalu” Sobral’s Body Couldn’t Continue Anymore

Renato “Babalu” Sobral knew heading into the four person tournament of Bellator’s 2013 Summer Series that this was the final stretch of a 16 year career.

Bellator 96 didn’t go as Sobral hoped. Jacob Noe needed the third round to knockout Sobral. It made Sobral 4-2 in his latest outings and he retires off a pair of losses for Bellator.

“I wish I could have been faster,” said Sobral post-fight at Bellator 96. “I wish I could have been stronger than I used to be. But my body cannot continue to do this anymore, and it’s time for me to step out.”

Sobral competed for the UFC and earned a light heavyweight title shot at one point. After being released by the UFC he won the title under the Strikeforce name.

He ends his career at 37-11.